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Quotes from Saints players following the Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints players recap their week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 30

WR Tre'Quan Smith

On his touchdown reception:
"It was a route progression. It was basically a whirl route. I looked at the defense and knew they were going man-to-man. I wanted to go outside, but knew he wasn't going to let me out. So, I went inside. As soon as I went inside, I saw Teddy (Bridgewater) looking at me. At that point, I knew the ball was coming my way. The outside receiver, Austin Carr, did a good job of holding his man outside. Teddy put it on the money and I caught it. I knew it was coming, so I tried not to drop that one."

On evaluating the game:
"It's really tough because you don't know what the outcome is going to be with having the number one seed. Are people going to play for real or are they not? This afternoon we just didn't really play well."

RB Dwayne Washington

On the support of the other running backs:
"We all feed off each other. When one person does something good, then we all congratulate each other. At they end of the day we want everyone to succeed and have a successful running game. I think we ran for over 160 yards. That's big for us. Unfortunately, we didn't come up with the win though."

On learning from Mark Ingram & Alvin Kamara:
"I wouldn't really compare myself to them. They are like thunder and lightning. We all bring something special to the table. In terms of my ability, I feel like I have a little something both of what they have."

On what he proved today:
"Most of all that I can do it too. That was big for me especially getting my first 100-yard game."

WR Michael Thomas

On breaking the franchise single season receiving yardage record:
"It's a blessing. I feel like I'm going to be judged on my progress year in and year out. I feel like we play this game to win, so that's the most important thing. Getting the record is there, but there's not much to talk about."

On Coach Payton being disappointed in today's loss and if this game means a lot:
"I am not a coach. So if that is what he told you, then that is what it is. I have to get ready for the playoffs and play for a championship. Whatever it takes, then that is what it is. Now, we need to start focusing on the playoffs."

DE Cameron Jordan

On assessing the defensive performance with nothing on the line in terms of seeding:
"There was plenty on the line. We have 16 given opportunities each season. I feel like were are unbeatable when we play our best ball. Today, we did not play our best ball. I'm upset about that. I'm not excited that we didn't put our best foot forward heading into the playoffs. We were showing that we were progressing every game. I don't think we showed that in this game."

On if the game had an exhibition feel:
"Every time you take the field, you are trying to put your best foot forward and make a statement with your defense. I just don't think anybody can mess with us when we are playing our best. You can label it as an exhibition, but it was a game against a divisional opponent and we ended up losing that game. I'm at a loss of words. I'm overly irritated about it

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